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This week’s $42 shopping trip and menu

Kathrynne and I went shopping at Walgreens, Dillons, and Aldi on Saturday afternoon but I didn't get this posted on Saturday evening like I'd hope since we were gone until late in the evening and then as soon as I sat down to post our electricity went out unexpectedly and was off for a few hours. How's that for a good excuse (and a very long run-on sentence)?!

At any rate, here's what we bought:


We purchased Ritz crackers, Sambucol, and fillers at Walgreens and somehow ended up spending $0.14 out of pocket for all that! Reminds me of the great deals I used to get at CVS!

We mostly bought sale items, free-or-cheap-after-coupon deals (including diapers for $3.97 using the $3/1 Kroger Comforts coupon) and mark-downs at Dillons and spent a total of $22.50. Plus, we received $2.50 back in catalinas for buying the two Glucerana cereals (which were already free plus overage after the $5/1 coupon!).

Then we hit Aldi for their sales and some staple items and we spent $19.33 there.

All totaled, we spent $41.97 for groceries this week. We had raised our grocery budget up to $60/week until the end of my pregnancy, but I'm attempting to whittle it back down to $40 or $45/week so we can get back on our usual budget after the baby is born. Our pantry and refrigerators are staying so well-stocked that I think it's going to be very doable, but we'll see!

For those who enjoy seeing what we're eating, here's this week's menu:

Blueberry pancakes, yogurt, fruit
Green smoothies, banana bread
Cereal, fruit
Scrambled eggs with cheese, toast, fresh juice
Cranberry pumpkin muffins, fruit, yogurt
Biscuit twists, fruit, scrambled eggs

Shrimp, steamed veggies
Baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese
Egg salad sandwiches, carrots
Cheese slices, grapes, pumpkin muffins
Spinach brown rice and cheese casserole, fruit
Leftovers x 2

Ritzy Chicken (make an extra to freeze for after the baby is born), cranberry bread, grapefruit
Homemade pizza (make extra dough to freeze for after the baby is born), fruit
Steak, baked potatoes, green bean casserole, cooked carrots
Farmhouse chicken (make two extra pans to freeze for after the baby is born), homemade bread, veggies, grapefruit
Mini Meatloaves (make extra to freeze for after the baby is born), brown rice, veggies, grapes
Steak, homemade bread, grapefruit
Dinner out

Cranberry pumpkin muffins
Banana bread
Granola bars

I'm working on stocking up our freezer for after the baby is born so I'm slowly incorporating the meals I want to make and freeze into our weekly dinners. It's much easier and manageable for me to do it this way right now. You can see the list of meals I'm hoping to have our freezer full of before the baby comes here.

For more menus this week, check out I'm An Organizing Junkie.

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